Sunday, May 07, 2006
The Genz Benz Shenandoah Acoustic Guitar Amplifier is built with a 12AX7 Tube under the hood of the PreAmp which warms up the sound considerably; it adds a dimension of roundness, and a genuine organic feel to the sound of your amped Acoustic Guitar. 200 Watts, 12" Neodymium speaker, and a cab made of Baltic Birch plywood. The cab's rear ported, it has two inputs with a 1/4" and XLR each, and a 3 band EQ.
Martin Guitars has released the limited edition "White Beauty" Martin Bellezza Bianca; designed in collaboration with Eric Clapton and Hiroshi Fujiwara, the guitar is signed by Clapton, C.F. Martin IV, Hiroshi Fujiwara, and Dick Boak; Martin Guitar's Director of Artist Relations. The guitar is a OOO size Martin; book matched Spruce Top, Maple back and sides, Herringbone Purfling, Silver Plated mini tuners and buttons, and a polished Black African Ebony Head Plate with the same Abalone Pearl Inlay as that as of the 1902 Martin 00-45S.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Travel guitars have become a niche unto themselves, lately, and Washburn has added another worthy contender to the frey. The Washburn B52SW is a travel size guitar, but what sets it apart from many of the others is that this small guitar is made of all solid wood; Solid Spruce Top, and Solid Mahogany Back and Sides. A Mahogany neck with a Rosewood fingerboard rounds out the woods on this great guitar. Used to be a travel guitar automaticly meant cheap construction; with the release of the B52SW, Washburn raises the bar.
Friday, May 05, 2006
I guess it was just a matter of time before someone got the idea to formally combine a guitar with a computer, and here it is; the Intel/Fender Tele. The Tele has been routed out in the back and a Hewlett-Packard TC1100 tablet laptop - equipped with 1.25GB of RAM, an Echo Indigo I/O sound card, and wireless capability - has been set in. The laptop gives the guitarist the choice of emailing, web sourcing, recording, or Webcaming - oh yeah; you can also play guitar.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Analog Devices has developed a unique Guitar controller that fits a small, wired (wireless being developed) "ring" with the power to control a Wah device. Guitarists have had very active hands - versus other musicians; in terms of not just finger movement, but gross hand movement - for many years now; ever since Townshend learned to windmill, and James Hetfield trained himself to down pick, and taking advantage of the subsequent movements outside of picking makes sense. Just don't get too crazy until they come out with the wireless version.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
After the untimely passing of Dimebag Darrell Abbott in December of 2004, there has been talk of the release of any recordings he might have been involved in prior to his death. "Rebel Meets Rebel", features the last known completed recordings of Abbott, and features his brother; drummer Vinnie Paul, and Rex Brown - both of Pantera - and outlaw country singer David Allan Coe.